Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016 Newsletter - It's The Summer: Enjoy the Sun



As usual, the summer seems to be flying by. But, there is still time to enjoy it! 

This month’s newsletter has three features. First, there are so many areas where the “natural health” world and the “mainstream health” world seem to clash. It is not only regarding what foods to eat, whether or not to vaccinate, but also what to do about the Sun. The “mainstream” view is to put on lots of sunscreen and you’ll be protected from sunburn and skin cancer. The “natural” view is that all this sunscreen is likely contributing to skin cancer, sun exposure is good for our health, and there are ways to protect ourselves from overdoing it. I feature a couple of articles below from the “natural” side of the debate.

Second, one of my favorite nutritionists and mentors is Ann Louise Gittleman. I’ve mentioned her several times in the past. One of the sun articles is from her and she had another very interesting article this past month about the link between medications, nutritional deficiencies caused by the medications, and then the resultant additional symptoms suffered. This particular article looks at the link between birth control pills and depression.

Third, I have another wonderful testimonial from a 25 year old female who had a lingering parasitic infection.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter.

Have Fun in the Sun
As mentioned above, sun exposure is one of those areas where the “natural” and “mainstream” worlds seem to clash. In “Sunscreen Savvy” Ann Louise discusses how the sun is an important nutrient and how to safely get your sun. You can read the article here: http://annlouise.com/2016/07/19/sunscreen-savvy/.

Another of my favorite sources of “natural” information is GreenMedInfo. Here’s a link to their feature about the benefits of sun exposure: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/therapeutic-action/sunlight-exposure.

Birth Control Pills and Depression
From Ann Louise Gittleman, “I have been concerned—no, make that worried—about the nutrient depletion impact of meds for years. Many anti-depressants can make us fat while others impact our ability to exercise (like statins). So—to get the low down on which class of drugs might be making us depressed, I turned to my friend the Natural Pharmacist Ross Pelton who wrote The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook a number of years ago.

In it, I was astounded to learn that oral contraceptives are downright dangerous because they deplete more nutrients than any other class of prescribed meds. When I learned Ross had also written a book called The Pill Problem, I asked him to weigh in on how women can protect their health from the side effects of oral contraceptives.” Click here to read more about what Ross Pelton told Ann Louise: http://annlouise.com/2016/07/26/the-drugdepression-connection.

“The Bumps and Indentations are Gone”
Hello Bernie!
I’m terribly sorry I forgot to respond to your email. Anyways, all is well with me! I had some severe discomfort and pain towards the end of my stay in China (probably 3 months)…I believe that it actually had to do with the parasite finally leaving my body. 

Thank you so much for checking in! I will definitely contact you should I have anymore concerns regarding foreign invaders!

Oh also, those bumps that were once on my arms and backs of legs are completely gone now. And the indentations on my nails are also gone!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter - Short and Sweet and A Couple More Client Success Stories



Thank you to all the well wishes I received from the last newsletter. I received not only congratulations on the marriage, but more success stories as well. It always warms my heart as people return to good health. It is our natural state. It is extra special because many times my clients have been suffering for years for no reason. I’d like to share of few more of the stories below.

I’m just back this week from a wonderful honeymoon in Aruba – truly a very special place. 

I’m a bit behind, so this month’s newsletter is short and sweet! More next month!!

Returning to Health
In their own words here are some responses to my last newsletter:

From a 60 year old female who went into the hospital 10 years ago for a hysterectomy and hasn’t been the same since: parasite. “Just wanted to let you know that I walked to work today for the first time in years.  I use to do it all the time but have not had the energy or ambition to do so.  This was a great accomplishment for me today.”

From a 35 year old female who could not gain weight and suffered with anxiety: corn sensitivity. “I thought I would add to your success stories. After eliminating corn and all corn derivatives, I finally feel better!! I ate something with corn starch in it to see what would happen, and sure s**t, the reaction happened. I'm so happy cuz now I can start my [exercise routine] up again (consistently) and can stop worrying about my "invisible disease" since I didn't know what was making me sick all the time. To think of all the tests I had done and all the money I spent on them... crazy!! Thanks again.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June 2016 Newsletter - Best Nutrition Websites and Recent Success Stories



“The stuff (actually I use a slightly different word, but I’m keeping this G-rated) really works.” That’s what I tell my clients when they marvel at how much better they feel when they change their diet and take a few supplements. But, it really should not be a surprise. All biological organisms are designed to thrive. Provide the correct nutrition and you’ll feel good. Getting out of balance allows dis-ease and illness to creep in.  

The definition of a healthy diet has been debated for a long time; probably since the dawn of man. The burning question is who is right? We all have our opinions. I have my favorite sources and I share them below.

And yes, nutrition works! The caveat being – when you are compliant! In today’s world many people have symptoms that their doctors cannot explain and they receive no satisfaction through the mainstream medical system. Eventually they realize that it might be a nutritional issue and then they come to practitioners like me. The majority of the time I’m able to help them and I’ve highlighted some recent examples below.

On a personal note, I’ll be getting married this month to the lovely Susana Trias. I am truly blessed to have met such a wonderful woman and look forward to a long and healthy life together. 

Please note I will have limited hours on June 17 and the office will be closed from June 18 to June 27. Please plan ahead if you need supplements! I will also be in contact in the next couple of weeks to remind you!

My Favorite Go-To Nutrition Websites
Everyone has an opinion and now most everyone has a blog to share their opinion. But as I like to say, “Just because it is on the Internet doesn’t mean it is true. It just means it is on the Internet.” If you are looking for sound nutritional information I suggest the following sites:

The Weston Price Foundation: Raw milk, no soy, eat meat – nutrient dense foods – the wisdom of Weston Price.  http://www.westonaprice.org/

The International Foundation for Nutrition and Health: Collection of works from the pioneers of nutrition – Price, Pottenger, Lee, Page, and many more.  http://ifnh.org/

The Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation: Works of Weston Price and Frances Pottenger.  http://ppnf.org/

Selene River Press: Royal Lee and whole food philosophy.  https://www.seleneriverpress.com/

Green Med Info: A variety of news stories. Most focus on vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and other environmental poisons.  http://www.greenmedinfo.com/

Natural News: A variety of news stories. Sometimes on the edge of conspiracy theorists!  http://www.naturalnews.com

Recent Success Stories
One of the great rewards each day is seeing my clients healing themselves from a variety of both short term and long term standing health issues. I’m sharing these with the intention for all to see the healing potential within. How bringing the body back into balance with the proper nutritional support facilitates the healing. Here are a few examples of some success stories from the year so far.  All these clients came to me after getting no resolution from other health practitioners. 

An 18 year old female with diarrhea for 3 years: Turned out it was a parasite from a trip to Mexico. She’s now feeling better. I remember her mother specifically saying, “No one ever asked us that question before.” 

An 18 year old female with migraine headaches for 2 years: Turned out to be multiple food sensitivities. Remove the offending foods, repair the gut and no more migraines.

A 20 year old female and a 60 year old female both had unexplained body rashes: Turned out to be chemical and metal toxicity. The rashes are now gone.

A 45 year old female with joint pain all over body: Not arthritis, but an active virus. She’s now improving.

A 27 year old female with joint pain and fatigue: Turned out to be a lingering bacterial infection with complications from vaccine toxicity. She’s also now improving.

A 30 year old female with major digestive discomfort: Turned out to be a food sensitivity and fungal overgrowth. She reports she now feels the best in 8 years!

A 35 year old female with bad breath and strange odor from belly button: The cause unknown, but now it is gone!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 2016 Newsletter - Three More Nutrition Myths Busted



I hope everyone caught my April Fool’s newsletter headline from last month! I know I got a few of you!!!

This month I’m continuing the theme from last month with three more nutrition myths busted!

Hope you enjoy.
Bernie

Nutrition Myths Busted – Part 2
Here’s the continuation from last month’s look at the seven nutrition myths that I come across on a daily basis. Most of them are unfortunately still widely accepted in the mainstream medical and media worlds (and some even in the “alternative” medical world). Most of these topics I’ve written about. Since this is a newsletter and not a book I will cover each one briefly and then provide links for your further reading. 
For your convenience I’ve kept the links from last month.
1.       All calories are created equal. http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=92

2.       Cholesterol causes heart disease. http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=279. Website: http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol/

3.       Artificial sweeteners are safe. http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=251. Website: http://www.janethull.com/

4.       Soy is a health food. http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=243. Weston Price Foundation website: http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/

5.       Eating animal protein causes cancer (The China Study).
This is one of my favorites as it illustrates the use of selected data to support a point of view while completely ignoring other findings from the same study. For all the details click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=89. In addition to getting adequate protein, vegetarians and especially vegans may be at risk for other nutritional deficiencies as well. This article highlights those: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=87.

6.       Antioxidants are essential nutrients.
This is quite simple. An antioxidant is not a nutrient. It protects the nutrients in plants. So, yes, blueberries are high in antioxidants, but they are high in nutrients and that is what is important! To better understand the subject click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=84

7.       There is no way to reverse Type II diabetes.
Type II Diabetes is about lifestyle or as I like to say TMS (too much sugar). Cut the carbohydrates to 30 per day, that gets the blood sugars back in balance, and no more diabetes. I noticed I haven’t written a specific article on this in the past, but in researching I did come across a few of my rants against the American Diabetes Association and their magazine Diabetes Forecast. For your enjoyment you can click on the following links: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=252, http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=245, http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=157. If you know someone with diabetes an excellent book is by Dr. Richard Bernstein called The Diabetes Solution. He also has an excellent and informative web site. Even more so for those with Type I Diabetes.  Here’s that web site: http://www.diabetes-book.com/.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beware: All Calories Are Not Created Equal



Many diet and exercise programs are based on us “counting calories” and assuming all calories are created equal.  This is a false and perhaps dangerous presumption. You’ll soon see why it is false. And it is dangerous because it leads to the notion that you can eat whatever you want as long as you are within certain calorie ranges. 

This notion goes back to the 1870’s and the scientific finding of the First Law of Thermodynamics.  We learn from Wikipedia, “The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can be transformed, i.e. changed from one form to another, but cannot be created or destroyed. It is usually formulated by stating that the change in the internal energy of a system is equal to the amount of heat supplied to the system, minus the amount of work performed by the system on its surroundings.”  

This theory was applied to the human being.  We knew we got energy from food, but the question was how much and from what foods. This resulted in two myths. The first being it didn’t matter what we ate as long as we got calories; and second whatever calories we consume through eating we need to burn through activity otherwise these calories will store as fat and we will gain weight.

Food scientists were able to assign specific calories to specific foods through the use of a new breakthrough – the bomb calorimeter.  Basically, this device measures heat flow in water from the burning of a specific substance.  The change in temperature in the water is then converted into calories. 

So this leads us to the key question.  Does our body really work like a bomb calorimeter? And, are all calories used for energy and therefore the same independent of the food we eat?

As far as a calorimeter goes, I think we can all conclude that our body does not operate that way. But let’s assume that it does.  If so, does it treat all calories equally? While you will see many studies supporting the notion that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie let’s take a logical view of this.  A hardboiled egg has 75 calories.  Approximately one half of a slice of bread or a bagel has 75 calories.  Perhaps one bite of a donut or a piece of cake has 75 calories.  Could it really be that these 75 calories would have the same impact in your body?  I don’t think so and shortly you’ll see why.

Let’s go back to the calorimeter for a minute.  Here’s what was discovered and agreed upon: 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate and protein and 9 calories per gram of fat.  Simple conclusion – eat too much fat and you get fat.

Well, to start with, not all the figures hold up to further scrutiny – especially the fats!  Different fats have different amounts of associated calories depending upon saturation levels.  Polyunsaturated fats have 9.1 calories per gram, animal fats range from 6.5 to 8.0 calories per gram, while cocoa butter (the most saturated of fats) has 5.5 calories per gram.  This is significant.  I’ve written previously on the benefits of saturated fat, and yet it is these fats that have been so vilified that actually have less calories than the unsaturated oils we have been told are so healthy!  The true fact is that the more saturated the fat, the fewer calories.

Now let’s look at carbohydrates.  I’ve written many times that to your body carbohydrates equals sugar.  All carbohydrates (both “simple” and “complex”) are broken down into simple sugars.  To do this the body uses a process called hydrolysis.  Basically water is added to a reaction.  This causes total mass to increase which actually creates more calories!  So, simple sugars really do have 4.2 calories per gram, yet starches (the more complex carbohydrates) have 4.44 calories per gram.  Also note that soluble fiber has 2.0 calories per gram.  What does this mean?  We are getting significantly more calories per gram of carbohydrate than we may think, especially from a high fiber whole grain!

Now for the grand finale! This whole theory assumes that all calories we consume are used for energy.  This too is not true.  Protein is used for a variety of body building functions.  In fact very little protein is used for energy.  Therefore, these calories really don’t count.  Think about the Atkins diet. It includes lots of protein, yet people lose weight.  In fact they are told to eat as much as they want and still lose weight.  Next, let’s look at fat.  Fat too is used for other functions besides energy.  So, in reality, only some of these calories truly count.  And here’s the important point – it is only carbohydrates where all the calories count! Many studies have shown that the number of calories is insignificant compared to their composition.  People can gain or lose weight on calories ranging from 1000 to 4000 calories per day.  It is all about how much fat, protein, and carbohydrate were in the diet!

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.